One good thing about being a removals company based in Bridport, Dorset is that we are close to the border of Somerset and Devon and provide services for many of the pretty local towns around this area. If you’re looking to move to the countryside there are plenty of places which get overlooked, particularly in Somerset which boasts so many picturesque villages and coastal towns that many people might not even consider – or even be aware of – some of its less popular destinations, which is why this week we are suggesting that you might like to think about moving to Ilminster. It’s a truly charming market town that offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and modern amenities. With its rich heritage, vibrant community, excellent schools, and convenient transport links, Ilminster has become an increasingly popular destination for those seeking an idyllic yet well-connected place to call home.

Local Attractions

Ilminster is brimming with nearby local attractions that cater to a wide range of interests. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover, or simply looking for a relaxing day out, Ilminster has something for everyone.

  • Barrington Court: This National Trust property is a must-visit for history enthusiasts. The exquisite Tudor manor house, beautiful gardens, and extensive estate make for a delightful outing.
  • The Minster Church of St Mary: A true architectural marvel, this Grade I-listed church dates back to the 15th century and boasts stunning stained glass windows and intricate carvings.
  • Ferne Animal Sanctuary: Located just outside Ilminster, this sanctuary provides a safe haven for rescued animals. It’s a great place for a family day out and supports a noble cause.
  • Parks and Nature Reserves: Ilminster is surrounded by lush countryside. The nearby Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers countless opportunities for hiking, cycling, and exploring the outdoors.
  • Amenities

Ilminster offers a range of amenities to meet the daily needs of its residents. From shopping to healthcare, you’ll find everything you require within easy reach.

High Street Shopping: The town centre is lined with quaint independent shops, boutiques, and traditional markets where you can purchase fresh produce and artisanal goods.

Supermarkets: For larger grocery shopping, there are well-known supermarkets such as Tesco and CoOp conveniently located in town.

Healthcare: Ilminster has a health centre and dental practices, ensuring that residents have access to medical care when needed.

Dining and Entertainment: There are plenty of pubs, restaurants, and cafes where you can savour delicious cuisine and enjoy a vibrant social scene.


Families considering a move to Ilminster will be pleased to know that there are some great schools in the area.

Herne View Primary School is located in the town, with other smaller schools dotted around in nearby villages, including Neroche Primary School and Ashill Primary School.

There is no secondary school in Ilminster, the nearest is Holyrood Academy in Chard. The closest public school is Perott Hill in Crewkerne. The County town of Taunton, situated 12 miles south of Ilminster also has several well-regarded schools including Kings College, Queens College and Taunton School.

Transport Links

Ilminster is about a 20 minute drive from the M5, making it well placed for travel both to nearby towns and cities and further afield.

The main route to London, the A303 is easily accessible, with the A358 connecting Ilminster to this and other major road networks, including the M5 motorway, making it convenient for commuters.

Rail Services: The nearest train station is Crewkerne, approximately 7 miles away, with regular services to London, Exeter, and Bristol.

House Prices in Ilminster – for Buyers and Renters

Ilminster offers a diverse range of housing options to suit various budgets and preferences. House prices can vary significantly depending on the type of property and its location within the town.

  • Detached Houses: These can range from £250,000 to £600,000 and beyond, depending on size and location.
  • Semi-Detached Houses: Prices typically fall between £175,000 to £400,000.
  • Terraced Houses: You may find these priced between £150,000 and £350,000.
  • Flats and Apartments: Prices start at around £100,000 and can go up to £250,000.

If you’re planning on renting when moving to Ilminster, one-bedroom apartments start at around £650 per month and larger family homes available for £900 to £1,400 per month.

Please note that these prices are approximate. It is advisable to consult local estate agents for the most up-to-date property information, before making any major plans.

With its rich history, natural beauty, and convenient amenities, Ilminster really is a hidden gem in Somerset that offers a high quality of life to its residents. From exploring historic sites to enjoying the tranquillity of the countryside, Ilminster has something to offer everyone. If you’re considering a move to this charming market town, you’ll find a welcoming community and a place where modern living harmoniously coexists with a deep appreciation for heritage and nature.

Thinking of moving to Ilminster? Or anywhere else for that matter? We can pack, store, and haul all your stuff, from a van full to several lorry loads. We’ve also got a great offer running on storage with your first month free. We also have some really useful free moving resources on our website to help you plan ahead and make sure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.  Get in touch with us today for a free no-obligation quote.

Photo credit: Barrington Court by Eugene Birchall on Wikimedia Commons